The Cost of Doing Business: Wells Fargo and the Wrong Side of the Law
Banking giant continues to pay settlements for taking customer cash
Wells Fargo must like paying out settlements and fines for taking money from customers.
And customers must not mind too much, because Wells is one of America’s five largest banks.
Here’s the latest incidence of wrongdoing:
Wells Fargo has agreed to pay a $35 million civil penalty to settle U.S. charges that the company overcharged advisory fees, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said on Friday.
The SEC said it charged Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network LLC for overcharging more than 10,900 investment advisory accounts more than $26.8 million in advisory fees.
Earlier this year, the bank paid a $100 million fine for “unsafe and unsound” practices:
Specifically, the Federal Reserve says, “Wells Fargo & Co.’s deficient oversight enabled the bank to violate U.S. sanctions regulations by providing a trade finance platform to a foreign bank that used the platform to process approximately $532 million in prohibited transactions between 2010 and 2015.”
Late last year, the bank was fined $3.7 billion for a range of bad deeds that cost consumers a total of $2 billion:
Wells Fargo to Pay $3.7 Billion for Harming Consumers | Advocate Andy | NewsBreak Original
Consumer Bureau notes the bank mismanaged mortgage and auto loans and engaged in illegal activity on deposit accounts…
Consumers were illegally assessed fees and interest charges on auto and mortgage loans, had their cars wrongly repossessed, and had payments to auto and mortgage loans misapplied by the bank. Wells Fargo also charged consumers unlawful surprise overdraft fees and applied other incorrect charges to checking and savings accounts.
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